• Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for the Roman Catholic nun to be made a saint next year. The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008, the Vatican said. Mother Teresa died in 1997 and was beatified - the first step towards sainthood - in 2003.
  • She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in the slums of the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta). "The Holy Father has authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Vatican said on Friday. She is expected to be canonised in Rome in September. Sister Christie, a spokesperson for the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa founded in 1950, told the BBC that they were delighted by the news.
  • "Obviously all of us at the Missionaries of Charity are extremely happy. But we do not have any plans to celebrate this announcement as yet," she said. The Missionaries of Charity now has more than 4,500 nuns worldwide and is headquartered at the Mother House in central Kolkata. In the city, the charity runs 19 homes - for women, orphans and the aged - where thousands of destitute people live. It also runs a school for street children, an Aids hospice and a leper colony. Though the order's "service to the poorest of poor" has generated much appreciation worldwide, it's not without controversies. The most recent controversy involves shutting down of its adoption centres in India. The charity said it was forced to close the centres because India's new adoption laws, allowing single, divorced and separated couples to adopt, went against its religious views.
  • There are few details about the recovery of the Brazilian man, whose life the Vatican says was saved in the second miracle. His identity has not been disclosed to maintain the discretion needed for the investigation, the Catholic New Agency has said. It says he was unexpectedly cured from brain tumours in 2008 after his priest prayed for Mother Teresa's intervention with God. Image copyrightAFPImage captionMother Teresa's charity runs 19 homes in Kolkata - for women, orphans and the aged Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, now Macedonia, then the Ottoman Empire, in 1910. Her family were ethnic Albanians, and devout Catholics.
  • She dedicated her life to caring for impoverished and sick people in Kolkata. Known as the "saint of the gutter", she earned worldwide acclaim for her efforts. Her critics, however, accused her of peddling a hardline Catholicism, mixing with dictators and accepting funds from them for her charity. Her supporters justified the funding, saying it did not matter where the money came from as long as it was used to help the poor.
  • Synopsis Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her 1946 "call within a call" to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003.
  • Early Life Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, the current capital of the Republic of Macedonia. The following day, she was baptized as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her parents, Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, were of Albanian descent; her father was an entrepreneur who worked as a construction contractor and a trader of medicines and other goods. The Bojaxhius were a devoutly Catholic family, and Nikola was deeply involved in the local church as well as in city politics as a vocal proponent of Albanian independence.
  • In 1919, when Agnes was only 8 years old, her father suddenly fell ill and died. While the cause of his death remains unknown, many have speculated that political enemies poisoned him. In the aftermath of her father's death, she became extraordinarily close to her mother, a pious and compassionate woman who instilled in her daughter a deep commitment to charity. Although by no means wealthy, Drana Bojaxhiu extended an open invitation to the city's destitute to dine with her family. "My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others," she counseled her daughter. When Agnes asked who the people eating with them were, her mother uniformly responded, "Some of them are our relations, but all of them are our people." Advertisement — Continue reading below.
  • Religious Calling Agnes attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, she sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. The congregation made an annual pilgrimage to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice, and it was on one such trip at the age of 12 that she first felt a calling to a religious life. Six years later, in 1928, an 18-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu decided to become a nun and set off for Ireland to join the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin. It was there that she took the name Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
  • After a year, Sister Mary Teresa ventured out on to Darjeeling, India, for the novitiate period; in May 1931, she made her First Calling of Promises. Thereafter she was sent to Calcutta, where she was allocated to instruct at Holy person Mary's Secondary School for Young ladies, a school keep running by the Loreto Sisters and devoted to showing young ladies from the city's poorest Bengali families. Sister Teresa figured out how to talk both Bengali and Hindi fluidly as she taught geology and history and committed herself to lightening the young ladies' neediness through instruction.
  • On May 24, 1937, she took her Last Calling of Promises to an existence of neediness, celibacy and dutifulness. Similar to the custom for Loreto nuns, she tackled the title of "Mother" after making her last promises and subsequently got to be known as Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa kept on instructing at Holy person Mary's, and in 1944 she turned into the school's chief. Through her graciousness, liberality and unfailing responsibility to her understudies' training, she tried to lead them to an existence of commitment to Christ. "Give me the quality to be ever the light of their lives, so I might lead them finally to you," she wrote in request to God.
  • Another Calling Notwithstanding, on September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa encountered a second calling, the "call inside of a call" that would perpetually change her life. She was riding a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat when Christ identifies with her and advised her to surrender educating to work in the ghettos of Calcutta helping the city's poorest and most ailing individuals.
  • Since Mother Teresa had taken a pledge of dutifulness, she couldn't abandon her religious circle without authority consent. After almost 18 months of campaigning, in January 1948 she at long last got endorsement from the nearby Diocese supervisor Ferdinand Périer to seek after this new calling. That August, wearing the blue-and-white sari that she would dependably wear in broad daylight for whatever is left of her life, she exited the Loreto religious community and meandered out into the city. Following six months of essential restorative preparing, she voyaged interestingly into Calcutta's ghettos without any particular objective than to help "the undesirable, the disliked, the uncared for."
  • The Evangelists of Philanthropy Mother Teresa immediately deciphered this fairly unclear calling into solid activities to help the city's poor. She started an outside school and set up a home for the diminishing down and out in a decrepit building she persuaded the city government to give to her reason. In October 1950, she won authoritative acknowledgment for another assemblage, the Ministers of Philanthropy, which she established with just a modest bunch of individuals—the greater part of them previous instructors or students from St. Mary's School.
  • As the positions of her gathering swelled and gifts poured in from around India and over the globe, the extent of Mother Teresa's magnanimous exercises extended exponentially. Through the span of the 1950s and 1960s, she set up an outcast state, a shelter, a nursing home, a family center and a string of versatile wellbeing facilities. In 1971, Mother Teresa ventured out to New York City to open her first American-based place of philanthropy, and in the late spring of 1982, she subtly went to Beirut, Lebanon, where she went between Christian East Beirut and Muslim West Beirut to help offspring of both religions. In 1985, Mother Teresa came back to New York and talked at the 40th commemoration of the United Countries General Gathering. While there, she likewise opened Endowment of Affection, a home to nurture those contaminated with HIV/Helps.
  • Worldwide Philanthropy and Acknowledgment In February 1965, Pope Paul VI presented the Announcement of Recognition to the Preachers of Philanthropy, which provoked Mother Teresa to start growing universally. When of her passing in 1997, the Preachers of Philanthropy numbered more than 4,000—notwithstanding thousands more lay volunteers—with 610 establishments in 123 nations on every one of the seven landmasses. The Pronouncement of Applause was only the starting, as Mother Teresa got different respects for her enthusiastic and successful philanthropy. She was granted the Gem of India, the most noteworthy honor gave on Indian regular people, and additionally the now-dead Soviet Union's Gold Decoration of the Soviet Peace Board of trustees. What's more, in 1979, Mother Teresa won her most noteworthy honor when she was recompensed the Nobel Peace Prize in acknowledgment of her work "in conveying help to anguish .